Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Best Dishes and Drinks in Pittsburgh Right Now

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Best Dishes and Drinks in Pittsburgh Right Now

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You know those restaurant visits, when a single dish stands out from the rest: It's the one your tablemates wish they'd ordered because it's super flavorful, Instagram-worthy or a nostalgia dish that rivals a favorite home-cooked version. From Brookline to Bloomfield, Shadyside to the Strip District, here are the week's scene-stealing dishes and drinks. NUGGET NECTAR ALE AT THE FIREPIT WOOD FIRED GRILL IN NORTH HUNTINGDON

Many beer lovers can't wait to squeeze a pint or a can of this just-out annual release from Hershey's Tröegs Brewing Co. I was delighted to have my first sips of the season on Sunday at this new restaurant find after my kid's hockey game in Delmont.

The brewery calls this imperial amber ale, first brewed in 2004, "our bright spot in the dead of winter." The buzz is all about the hops: Nugget, Palisade, Simcoe, Tomahawk and Warrior, and then more Nugget. But don't expect your palate to be bitterly blasted. The beauty of this brew, on top of its orange hue and floral bouquet, is the balance achieved with all those hops and the malt and the alcohol, which is big (7.5 percent by volume) but not as yuge as some hop monsters. You can drink more than one. I did.

The ale is just arriving at local stores and watering holes, several of which are celebrating this week with "First Squeeze" events that will continue into February. If the ale lasts that long. 8933 Route 30, North Huntingdon

? Bob Batz Jr.


If you have to have a birthday, it helps to celebrate with a kick-ass meal that makes you forget, if temporarily, that you've just turned a year older. The breakfast pizza ($13) at DiAnoia's Eatery in the Strip District was one said meal for me on Sunday.

To some, pizza might seem an odd choice first thing in the morning. But this chewy, crusty pie put my usual bowl of oatmeal to shame. …

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